1 July 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Allays Fears of Residents, As Rain Wrecks Havoc

Following apprehension caused by continuous torrential rainfall in the state, the Lagos State Government has appealed to residents not to panic over the persistent heavy rainfall and the attendant flooding , saying the government has put in place measures to curtail its effects.

Speaking with journalists after monitoring the June edition of the monthly sanitation exercise held in Orile -Agege area of the state yesterday, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello said heavy rainfall will be witnessed in the next few weeks in the state, assuring that the government will soon embark on expansion of drainage channels and canals to tackle the challenge of flooding.

Bello who was not amused by the blockage of the Oko-Oba canals and other drainage channels in Orile Agege area where the impact of Thursday rainfall was badly felt, said Oko-Oba canal was developed in 1989 to suit the capacity of residents within the area.

He explained that population increase and the impact of climate change were among the factors that created the challenges of flooding witnessed in the area during the last heavy rainfall in the state.

According to him, "That Oko-Oba drainage channel was first developed in 1989 and since 1989 till now, when that place was developed; it was what you can call a virgin land. Now almost over twenty years after, the population has increased, there has been a development in respect of climate change even globally.

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